Scottsdale has an abundance of golf courses, art galleries and scenery.

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in Scottsdale

What was once an enclave near Phoenix has become its own city, with an abundance of culture and activities. It’s no surprise that people travel to Scottsdale for the golf and scenery, but they also come here for the arts, shopping and an upscale desert lifestyle. As the city continues to grow, so does its reputation. And Hyatt knows all the reasons why.

Events in Scottsdale

Barrett-Jackson Classic Auto Show

January

16601 North Pima Road

Scottsdale, AZ

+1 480 421 6694

Auto enthusiasts come to Scottsdale from all over the world to view perfectly restored vintage cars. It’s the Oscars, but for classic automobiles.

Waste Management Phoenix Open

January

17020 North Hayden Road

Scottsdale, AZ

+1 602 870 4431

The name of the tournament may be “Phoenix Open,” but all of golf’s biggest names show up in Scottsdale to play a few rounds while the quiet hordes of spectators follow from hole to hole.

Chandler Ostrich Festival

March

2250 South McQueen Road

Chandler, AZ

+1 480 963 4571

You might come here for the live music, but you should also stop in to see people riding ostriches. You just don’t see that often enough.

Scottsdale Arts Festival

March

7380 East Second Street

Scottsdale, AZ

+1 480 994 2787

One of the top arts festivals in the United States, nearly 200 artists display their work outdoors while a juried panel delivers the prizes.

National Festival of the West

March

5700 North Loop Road

Chandler, AZ

+1 602 996 4387

This festival celebrates the American cowboy, as people dress up in Wild West costumes and roam the grounds. While the music and rodeo events are a sight, you simply can’t miss the cowboy poetry.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

April

7380 East Second Street

Scottsdale, AZ

+1 480 945 7193

It’s all about the food and the wine at this weeklong event. Chefs from around the nation come to Scottsdale to showcase their skills, while the Great Arizona Picnic provides food from local restaurants.

Queen Creek Peach Festival

May

22601 East Cloud Road

Queen Creek, AZ

+1 480 987 3100

You can pick your own, learn about the canning process, or sample peach pancakes.  It’s a peachy keen experience. Literally.

Essentials

Scottsdale has been popping up on everyone’s map recently, but the city’s actually been around since the late 1800s, when Winfield Scott bought 640 acres and chose a small group of settlers to help him develop the area. At last count, the population has grown to more than 230,000 people, with the city covering 184 square miles, stretching 31 miles from north to south.

Each year, more than eight million people travel to visit the Southwestern enclave, making tourism a significant part of the city’s industry. As the city has grown in population and popularity, it has added the restaurants, cultural activities and shopping to match. Scottsdale may be growing in an upscale direction, but it refuses to let go of its humble roots. The city’s official food is chili.

Although there’s plenty of things to do in Scottsdale, there’s no real hurry. After all, people come here to get away from the big cities and enjoy a higher quality of life in the desert. Just make sure you slather on sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for awhile. The rest of the time, Hyatt’s got you covered.

Resources

AZCentral.com
AZCentral.com has information about Scottsdale happenings and trends, as well as the most recent news.

City of Scottsdale
Provides information about all things Scottsdale, from current happenings to history.

Arizona.com-Scottsdale
A resource on Scottsdale’s attractions, restaurants and activities. If you want to venture to nearby cities, it can tell you about them too.

Yelp.com-Scottsdale
This is where you go to know what the locals know.

Getting Around Scottsdale

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
One of the 10 busiest airports in the nation and it’s only about six miles from Scottsdale.

Rental Cars
There’s a lot to do in and around Scottsdale. A rental car will help you see it all.

Taxis
From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, a taxi costs $5 for the first mile and $2 for each additional mile. A taxi to Scottsdale costs about $40.

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